CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2016--
Each year on November 15, people across the United States take part in
America Recycles Day, a day which was created to increase awareness and
continue to build a recycling and material recovery culture. To
celebrate employees’ commitment to reducing waste and keeping valuable
materials out of landfills, Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) today
honors its Zero Waste Champion award winners. Started six years ago, the
Zero Waste Champion awards recognize Conagra Brands facilities that have
redirected more than 95 percent of materials that would have otherwise
been waste to other beneficial uses such as donation, reuse and
recycling. This year eight facilities have been awarded and with their
efforts, Conagra has achieved an 81 percent landfill diversion rate in
the 2016 fiscal year.
“In our sixth year of this program, we continue to see impressive
engagement and commitment from our plant employees, who are key to
achieving this kind of success,” said Dave Biegger, Executive Vice
President & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Conagra Brands. “Our ultimate
goal is for all facilities to achieve and maintain this level of
Conagra Brands’ zero waste strategy focuses on strategically reducing
the amount of waste generated in production facilities and avoiding the
need to transport valuable materials for discard in landfills. By
characterizing materials that don’t make it into finished goods as
“by-products” instead of “waste”, we create a culture that allows a
shift in thinking away from disposal and towards value creation. Many
by-products of food preparation are highly valued as animal feed, source
material for recycling, energy recovery or composting, or sometimes even
suitable for donation to feed people when safe and properly handled.
Conagra Brands 2016 Zero Waste Champion award winners include: Dresden,
Canada; Hamburg, Iowa; Irapuato, Mexico; Lake View, Iowa; Maple Grove,
Minn.; Menomonie, Wis.; Oakdale, Calif.; Waterloo, Iowa.
About Conagra Brands
Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), headquartered in Chicago, is one of
North America’s leading branded food companies. Guided by an
entrepreneurial spirit, Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of
making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation. The company’s
portfolio is evolving to satisfy people’s changing food preferences.
Conagra’s iconic brands, such as Marie Callender’s®, Reddi-wip®,
Hunt’s®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim® and Orville Redenbacher's®, as well
as emerging brands, including Alexia®, Blake’s® and Frontera®, offer
choices for every occasion. With an ongoing commitment to corporate
citizenship, Conagra Brands has been named to the Dow Jones
Sustainability™ North America Index for six consecutive years. For more
information, visit www.conagrabrands.com.
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